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There’s no such thing as a secret. SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul. She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to There’s no such thing as a secret. SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul. She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her. And Ava isn’t letting anything get in the way of finally, finally seeking peace. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully-constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building. Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave, and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?


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There’s no such thing as a secret. SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul. She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to There’s no such thing as a secret. SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul. She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her. And Ava isn’t letting anything get in the way of finally, finally seeking peace. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully-constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building. Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave, and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?

30 review for All the Things We Do in the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "Sadie meets Girl in Pieces in this dark, emotional thriller by acclaimed author Saundra Mitchell." <----- SOLD I'm really grateful that YA fiction is tackling current, weighty issues for teens. I wish this type of fiction had been more mainstream when I was in high school. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I blame this book -in a good way- for staying up really late with it on my hands. First of all, thank you for writing this. It's a powerful, raw book. It doesn't sugarcoats, it delivers in a way you feel the stress and the fears of the main protagonist, and that can only come from experience. This is a book about a girl of 9 who is raped by a man, and survives to tell the tale. And that is what she does, share her story. The highs and the lows, how everything she does or doesn't do can or can't I blame this book -in a good way- for staying up really late with it on my hands. First of all, thank you for writing this. It's a powerful, raw book. It doesn't sugarcoats, it delivers in a way you feel the stress and the fears of the main protagonist, and that can only come from experience. This is a book about a girl of 9 who is raped by a man, and survives to tell the tale. And that is what she does, share her story. The highs and the lows, how everything she does or doesn't do can or can't be marked by that fatidic moment. How there are scars in the inside and the outside, and how are things you carry on in yourself all your life. This book makes you feel, connects you, and it scares you because it can be you. It's narrated masterfully, with a powerful voice, and I especially liked how the author worked out the internal monologues when Ava is losing her thread and her fears, and PTSD is making an appearance. I loved how respectfully her mental health is fleshed out , and how believable she is. The book could be kind of a thriller, as she founds a body in the woods and her fears about what happens to survivors and victims of rape afloat and she wants to help the dead girl by finding out what and who happened to her; but to me, this book is more about awareness of the fact rape victims aren't guilty, they aren't the ones to blame and they carry it with them all their lives. Also, they are not their trauma. Also, I really loved the mental health awareness, about knowing sometimes things are too much, you can go from ok to destroyed in 0', and sometimes you will need to ask for help from friends, family or professionals, and it's okay. You might have a trauma, or an illness, but you're neither your trauma or your illness and they are part of you but they don't define you. I loved this book. Is masterfully written, full of truths and daring you to look at them. Is full of understanding and compassion, but not pity. It has a powerful way to deliver its messages, and all the characters that live on its pages are so well developed, so rounded, that you feel they can jump out of the pages and resume their lives in the real world. Do yourself a favor and read it. No, really. It stays with you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    alana ♡

    "Everybody else gets to leave a mark on me. Why can't I leave my own?" My first Goodread's update about this book was "this is gonna hurt", and boy was I right. All the Things We Do in the Darkcame across my radar when I saw it pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Sadie. Normally, I try not to let the when X meets Y comparison be the reason I pick up books, but I mean, how I could I not for this one? This book centers largely around rape and PTSD and it's important that you go into this one "Everybody else gets to leave a mark on me. Why can't I leave my own?" My first Goodread's update about this book was "this is gonna hurt", and boy was I right. All the Things We Do in the Dark came across my radar when I saw it pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Sadie. Normally, I try not to let the when X meets Y comparison be the reason I pick up books, but I mean, how I could I not for this one? This book centers largely around rape and PTSD and it's important that you go into this one understanding that and in that you're in the correct headspace for it. While the rape scene is not discussed in full detail it is still extremely unsettling, mainly because Ava, the MC, was nine when it happened. But the quotes in this book y'all, oooof they hit SO HARD. This is a story about survival, rape culture, moving forward after unimaginable trauma, and doing what we think is the best for our own healing purposes, even if it may be hurting us instead of helping us. Here's a little example on the quotes hitting hard in this book: "I had a "good" rape. The kind where I was young enough that it was definitely not my fault. I was not sexy enough for people to think I might have secretly wanted it. My rape was committed by a pyscho-stranger-bad-man-not-anybody-nice-we-know. Extremely not my fault. Of course it's never anyones fault." "I'm obligated to say it out loud for everyone who can't. For the ones who don't have bulletproof stories even though we we're all equal: something evil happened, and it happened to us. We didn't make that evil happen." Those two specific quotes come within the first 2% of the book...so yeah, it hurt. Ava, has lived her life completely in control of everything since her rape. She never leaves the house alone, has one best friend who is the only person (besides the cops and her mother) that knows the truth about what happened to her and her giant scar on her face, and has a whole slew of tattoos that SHE chose to put on her body. It's very apparent that even though Ava's rape happened several years ago she is still dealing with PTSD and understandably so. She's compartmentalized a lot of things in her life since the rape to keep herself in control and feeling safe, until one day after a fight with her best friend she's walking home and finds a body of a dead girl in the woods. You would think that a normal reaction to finding a dead body would be to call the police, however, that's the exact opposite of what Ava does. Her reasoning is literally like a punch in the throat. She's trying to protect her "Jane Doe" from being picked apart and investigated by the police like she was when she was nine. She thinks that she's trying to help Jane even though she's dead and it's just the most heartbreaking thing ever. This book has a touch of magical realism in it because Ava starts to see Jane and without saying too much Jane helps her track down her murderer. All the while this is happening Ava meets a girl named Hailey and starts to develop feelings for her which is something she's never let herself experience before. Put all of this together and Ava is starting to loose control on what was her "normal" for years since her rape. All in all, even though the overall theme of this was heavy I loved the message that this story conveys. We all deal with trauma and grief and different ways and sometimes it's easier to make the choices that will end up hurting us for a quick fix of how we feel vs. taking the long road, asking for help, and working for a better tomorrow. If you think you're in an okay headspace for this one I highly recommend giving it a go! Thank you HarperTeen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Twitter

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for proving an E-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    2.5 STARS Nine-year-old Ava is scarred by her rapist. Eight years later she carries the weight of her experience within her and a large scar on her face, a mark that reminds everyone what happened. When Ava discovers the naked body of a murdered teen in the woods, she feels a kinship and names her Jane. Not trusting the police, Ava decides to solve the murder. ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK is a beautifully written novel, but one that I didn’t enjoy reading. Saundra Mitchell chose to write ALL 2.5 STARS Nine-year-old Ava is scarred by her rapist. Eight years later she carries the weight of her experience within her and a large scar on her face, a mark that reminds everyone what happened. When Ava discovers the naked body of a murdered teen in the woods, she feels a kinship and names her Jane. Not trusting the police, Ava decides to solve the murder. ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK is a beautifully written novel, but one that I didn’t enjoy reading. Saundra Mitchell chose to write ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK in one long chapter, perhaps because Ava’s narration felt like one long, often psychotic, stream of consciousness storytelling. Mitchell’s word-building is exquisite. I questioned the reliability of Ava’s words from the beginning, once she began hallucinating Jane, I never knew what was real and what wasn’t. Ava’s dishonesty, though a component of her unnamed mental illnesses, added to my reasons to distrust her narration. I felt much empathy for her, but I didn’t like her very much. Plot-wise, ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK felt weak and underdeveloped. Ava was the only character with depth and dimension. The writing carries ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 stars review to come

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    Thank you HarperCollins for giving me an ARC of this book

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK is an intensely challenging and thought-provoking read with some magical realism elements. In the book, there is a trigger/content warning up front and center, but this does not always appear on online listings, so I will start by saying that this book contains sexual assault, sexual and physical violence, and PTSD. This story is made all the more poignant for the basis of the assault being from the See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK is an intensely challenging and thought-provoking read with some magical realism elements. In the book, there is a trigger/content warning up front and center, but this does not always appear on online listings, so I will start by saying that this book contains sexual assault, sexual and physical violence, and PTSD. This story is made all the more poignant for the basis of the assault being from the author's own life. This is also what gives it a very real feel and makes the characters come to life all the more. The main character, Ava, was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was nine years old. The traumatic event left her with a scar on her face in addition to the many invisible scars she carries. She carries this with her, and events that happen after are often defined by others as relating to the assault. This is inseparable, however. Ava has found a body of a woman/girl in the woods. Knowing what could happen if she reports it, she instead tries to protect this body, which she refers to as Jane, and to try to figure out what happened to her. She begins to see Jane and speak with her, leading her to do things she has never has done before. She lives a relatively sheltered life, and her desire to protect Jane is taking her outside of that. At the same time, she is bonding with a new romantic partner, a girl who she is getting to know better. She has never sought out such relationships, and this one marks an important change in herself and her life. The romance is both complimentary to the main story and beautiful in its own right. What I loved: This is not an easy read, and the fact that it is challenging is part of what makes it important. Ava's experiences and reflections are really poignant and carry off the page very well. It is easy to understand her and slide into her world, making this a really strong story. I also really enjoyed the romance and how raw, lovely, and true it felt. What left me wanting more: As a relatively smaller point, I really wish that there had been some therapy involved. I know that not everyone gets help in these situations, but I love for people to see resources and how to get help. On the plus side, there will be an inclusion of a resources list for readers. Final verdict: Compelling and thought-provoking, this book is SADIE meets THE LOVELY BONES. Would recommend for people looking for a deep, psychological, and challenging but ultimately pensive and raw read. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I borrowed this ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) from a local bookstore for their Teen Advisory Group. My opinion is my own and is not impacted by anyone. All quotes used may not be in the finished copy. "You know in your heart, your still-beating heart, that it's a lie. But you take the lie, you chew the lie, you swallow the lie. If you didn't, you might never stop screaming," All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell is an edgy mystery perfect for the creepy October season. I was I borrowed this ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) from a local bookstore for their Teen Advisory Group. My opinion is my own and is not impacted by anyone. All quotes used may not be in the finished copy. "You know in your heart, your still-beating heart, that it's a lie. But you take the lie, you chew the lie, you swallow the lie. If you didn't, you might never stop screaming," All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell is an edgy mystery perfect for the creepy October season. I was enthralled in the storyline but what really stood out to me was the writing style. Mitchell would group words together into one word to draw attention to them (forexampleitwouldreadlikethis). This book was in 1st person so we were reading what Ava was thinking but then in parenthesis, we would see what she was really thinking. Ava would try to think the best of situations but the parenthesis showed what she was actually thinking. It was such a unique writing form that kept me hanging from literally every word. The character development of Ava was very descriptive, I know I wouldn't have enjoyed the book if it wasn't as good. I highly recommend this to 14+-year-olds who want a creepy and edgy read. CW: sexual assault, rape, PTSD involving sexual assault and rape, anxiety.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Clark

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the ARC of this novel! I honestly did not know what to expect from this book when I requested it. I knew the cover was beautiful and that the premise felt like a YA horror novel that I could not miss out on. It was so much more than that, and I was left with an overwhelming sadness but also a kind of peace. It was so genuine and felt like the protagonist was telling her story to just me and soon she became less of a fictional character and more of a living, Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the ARC of this novel! I honestly did not know what to expect from this book when I requested it. I knew the cover was beautiful and that the premise felt like a YA horror novel that I could not miss out on. It was so much more than that, and I was left with an overwhelming sadness but also a kind of peace. It was so genuine and felt like the protagonist was telling her story to just me and soon she became less of a fictional character and more of a living, breathing person. Little did I know until I reached the afterword from the author that it was probably because Saundra opened up her heart and poured her life onto these pages. We meet Ava, and she wastes no time in telling us her story. There are people and places that have shaped the Ava that she presents to the world, and her story intertwines with that of a girl just as broken as she is that leads her to find who she really is. She starts at the very beginning, even though she states first off that she knows we want to get to the meat of the story, but to tell that story is to begin with hers. She recounts her encounter with The Summer Man, a stranger who took her childhood, safety, and peace of mind, and left her with a scar trailing down her face at nine years old. She could never hide what happened to her, and it made her cautious. She sought out a routine and never broke it. She hid behind celebrities when she was able to escape in the tattooist's chair; taking their art for her own. She stayed inside her house, and her mom let her. Tiny things started adding up to crack the shell of her resolve. She meets Hailey, who is sweet and funny, and makes her feel things she didn't know that she could anymore. Her best friend, Syd, is unexpectedly rude and callous towards her, and won't tell her why. The biggest thing, however, is that one night as she attempts to walk home from the city via the woods, Ava finds Jane. She is hidden in a tree stump, mutilated and with the life drained from her. In Jane, Ava sees a kindred spirit. Her first thought is to call the police, but her own experience after The Summer Man stops her cold. She doesn't want Jane to be put through the things she had to endure, and so she covers her back up but takes her essence with her. Ava sees and hears Jane everywhere. She starts to do things she never dreamed she would; sneaking out of her house late at night, stealing her mother's car, making a move on Hailey, and standing up to Syd. She starts to break open, and it is terrifying and beautiful all at the same time. When she finds someone else at Jane's impromptu grave site, she realizes there is so much more to this story than she could have ever deduced alone. We see Ava find out Jane's true identity and bring her killer to justice. This completely changes Ava. She is a completely new person, and she is able to ask for help to deal with her trauma. This is a story about life. Lives interrupted, lives changed, lives reborn. I love the open and inviting way it was written, and I cannot thank the author enough for her courage in sharing her life with us. She writes in the afterword that she tells her story so others out there don't have to. She didn't want to make up something to damage this character that would just be another fictional happenstance that we would read about and then close the book and set it all aside. She put her truth in these pages, and though it is surrounded by fiction, you can feel the heartbeat of sincerity. It was a truly compelling read, and I think it's going to help so many people.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Gunderman

    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! ***Actual Rating: 4.5/5 Stars*** I was really drawn to All the Things We Do in the Dark from the moment I read the synopsis for the book. Granted, I kind of just heard about this book like two weeks ago, and wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but it sounded really good and I wanted to check it out. I was excited to start reading this one. I settled down and started reading it, and to Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! ***Actual Rating: 4.5/5 Stars*** I was really drawn to All the Things We Do in the Dark from the moment I read the synopsis for the book. Granted, I kind of just heard about this book like two weeks ago, and wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but it sounded really good and I wanted to check it out. I was excited to start reading this one. I settled down and started reading it, and to be honest, I wasn't really a fan of it at first. I kind of felt like it was all over the place in the beginning chapters, and I was confused and the writing style was a bit strange to me, almost a constant switch between the narrator actually narrating the story and then talking to the reader in a second person point of view. Like I said, a little strange. At first, this kind of discouraged me from reading the book because it was a weird style that just didn't really mesh right with me. I thought about putting the book down and picking up a different one several times, but I decided that I would keep going - I wasn't even ten percent through it, so I didn't want to give up on it already. Wow, am I glad I stuck with it. While the first person/second person point of view shifts were annoying at first, for the most part they kind of ceased to exist and it was told in mostly first person for the rest of the book. But I also got a great understanding of why the author chose to write the book this way, so I gained an appreciation for it, even though I didn't like it at first. Sound confusing? It is, a bit. It's the kind of book that you need to actually read to understand, because it's difficult to explain. Anyway, let's get into a brief rundown of the plot, shall we? "I'm obligated to say it out loud for everyone who can't. For the ones who don't have bulletproof stories even though we're all equal: something evil happened, and it happened to us. We didn't make the evil happen." All the Things We Do in the Dark begins with Ava giving us a look into one of the most horrifying moments in her life: her rape, at nine years old that left a large scar on the side of her face. This moment shapes who Ava becomes and is an important part of her that stays with her as she navigates her life: from her relationships to her ability to even trust herself. As the story goes on, we learn about her and her best friend Syd, and the distance that is growing between them, for some strange reason that Ava can not figure out. Because of this, Ava finds company in someone else: Hailey, a girl who loves Harry Potter and is also the daughter of the police officer who was in charge of Ava's rape case when she was younger. "Hands framing mouths don't keep in the whispers; they just make it obvious that people are whispering, about you." Tired of being talked about and discussed by all the people who know about Ava's story, she just wants comfort with someone who won't judge her or feel sorry for her. Hailey seems to be that person, and Ava slowly finds herself falling for Hailey. When the two of them start spending more and more time together, and Hailey falls for Ava, too, things seem like they're all going great. But then there's that tiny little matter of the body that Ava found in the woods. "Every time I leave my cage, something terrible happens. Sometimes it's the worst thing; sometimes it's just a bad thing. Sometimes it's a body in the woods." One night, Ava stumbles in the snow walking home and comes across a body - a girl, just about her age, naked and stuffed into a fallen tree and covered with snow. Ava, shocked and not sure how to handle the situation, stares, especially at the gruesome wounds that this girl has on her body. Ava, who knows what it is like to be poked and prodded and examined after a rape, decides to cover her back up with snow and keep her safe until she can figure out what to do. She doesn't want this girl, this Jane, as she names her, to be taken apart and dissected like a science project until she can figure out exactly what she can do to prevent that from happening. And then she starts seeing Jane - everywhere. At home. When she's out. And she keeps up with checking on Jane to make sure she's still there, that she is still safe. "It's almost like our natural state is death. Life is a deviation, the briefest of intermissions, before we return to the dark." When she comes upon a strange boy standing at the place where Jane's body is covered with snow, she gets concerned; especially when he starts taking pictures. She chases this boy, and when he gets away, Ava gets his cell phone, which once she manages to get unlocked with Hailey's help, she discovers evidence of who this girl was - and a little bit of what may have happened. Did Ava come across Jane's killer? "From the moment I found her body in the woods, anxiety and trauma and fear and stress have turned my brain into a midnight carnival. The music is bloated with a minor key, and everything shifts like in a fun house mirror." Ava, still dealing with all of this on her own, is tumbling down a rabbit hole of information, and she eventually finds help in the most unlikely person. While she cannot turn to Syd because of their crumbling friendship, Hailey because of their budding relationship, and her mother just because of what she is dealing with, she pushes on, determined to bring Jane's murderer to justice and figure out exactly what happened to her. Okay, even though I didn't think I was going to like this book much, I have to say: I freaking loved it. I loved Ava's character. I loved her relationship with Hailey. I loved her complex nature and how her backstory changed her into who she is currently. Everything was so detailed. Everything was so...so...unexpected. It was different. We often read books that deal with rough topics, such as rape, but it's not always that we get an in-depth look into the character and how it changes them so much. Ava is such a deep, emotional character, shaped by her personal tragedy. The author's note in the back of the book is an important addition, so be sure to check it out - it really allows you to understand how the character of Ava was created. It's a personal note that really makes this book that much more emotional. The relationship she has with her best friend Syd is complicated and it makes it seem so real, and the relationship that develops between Ava and Hailey is just beautiful. I loved it so much - in fact, it was probably one of my all time favorite book relationships! This was such a fast paced book - I couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading it until the ending, and when I reached the end, I kind of wished there was more. I was bummed that it was over because I loved it so much. Definitely give this one a go if you like thrillers, mysteries, or even a beautiful relationship story about a girl who is learning to heal. The plot and characters are both complex and offer quite a bit to the reader, and the way that it is written will envelop you and keep you pining for more with every chapter you read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This first person story lets us deep into the mind of a young woman dealing with a significant tragedy in her life. Ava was raped and assaulted when she was nine years old which has left her with a scar on her face as her only visible injury. Inside she's much more damaged. Now seventeen, she doesn't go anywhere without her mother or her best friend Syd. She doesn't like being around groups of people which makes school a kind of torture for this very bright young woman. She has a number of hidden This first person story lets us deep into the mind of a young woman dealing with a significant tragedy in her life. Ava was raped and assaulted when she was nine years old which has left her with a scar on her face as her only visible injury. Inside she's much more damaged. Now seventeen, she doesn't go anywhere without her mother or her best friend Syd. She doesn't like being around groups of people which makes school a kind of torture for this very bright young woman. She has a number of hidden tattoos that are all chosen because they are like tattoos that some of her favorite actors and artists have. She is having some troubles with her friend Syd who broke up with her latest and got a new tattoo without telling her while Ava was away visiting her father. She feels that she and Syd are drifting apart and she doesn't know why. One day she's walking home from school alone when she discovers the body of a young woman hidden in a fallen tree. She can see that the girl has been assaulted. She knows she should call the police but then she remembers all of the things that happened to her after her rape and doesn't want to submit the body to the same things. Ava also meets a girl that she has known all her life but hasn't hung out with and she falls in love with her which just adds more trauma to a girl who likes things to stay the same and who buries memories in a series of boxes in her mind. Between being haunted by the body that she names Jane, trouble with her best friend Syd, and a new romance, Ava is reeling. When she goes back to visit the body, some boy is there. She chases him down and finds his dropped phone. When he tracks her down again - he's sort of a techno-geek, he tells her that he knows who killed the girl and the evidence is on his phone. This was a very personal story about the aftereffects of being raped. It was uncomfortable to read and I kept wondering why she - and her over-protective mother - hadn't gotten therapy to deal with these issues. Being told in the first person, it left me wanting to know more about Nick who ended up being her partner in trying to solve the girl's murder and who sort of disappeared off-stage once Ava had to tell about finding the body. Fans of this sort of psychological thriller will enjoy reading this one. I enjoyed the hopeful ending.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    I was gifted a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book was raw and emotional. It told a really powerful story based of the authors own experiences with rape and sexual assault, so trigger warnings for these things. This book does have it's own trigger warnings in the front too which is great as it doesn't rely on early readers and reviewers to make people aware of these. The main character tells her story and as you follow her we discover ways in which she I was gifted a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book was raw and emotional. It told a really powerful story based of the authors own experiences with rape and sexual assault, so trigger warnings for these things. This book does have it's own trigger warnings in the front too which is great as it doesn't rely on early readers and reviewers to make people aware of these. The main character tells her story and as you follow her we discover ways in which she copes with what has happened to her but also how she struggles with what has happened and how she's feeling. This book definitely promotes the importance of talking to people and asking for help however, it doesn't force this upon you. I think it was extremely well written and handled all of the topics very well. There was a bit of a mystery aspect to this plot as well that ran alongside the main characters day to day life and I think this was an interesting way to depict the characters thoughts and feelings about how she's coping in her everyday life. There's also LGBTQIA+ rep in this book, our main character ends up in a f/f romance and again this didn't feel forced or included on purpose. It complimented the story well. Overall I enjoyed this story when I read it and it definitely covered some really important topics extremely well. It was a raw and powerful read, full of emotion and I think it was very well written and handled all of the topics well. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was because I found the story itself, although extremely important, didn't fully immerse me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    elizabeth

    Intense and well written. The style of creates a palpable atmosphere, arranged as one long story that’s split into chunks, making the flow seem like a simultaneous stream of consciousness through flashes of thoughts and events—Ava’s thought processes, her mindset. What really impressed me was the handling of sexual assault on present-day Ava and her motivations in her relationships to Jane and Hailey, including her justifications for her thoughts and actions (i.e. the American experiment versus Intense and well written. The style of creates a palpable atmosphere, arranged as one long story that’s split into chunks, making the flow seem like a simultaneous stream of consciousness through flashes of thoughts and events—Ava’s thought processes, her mindset. What really impressed me was the handling of sexual assault on present-day Ava and her motivations in her relationships to Jane and Hailey, including her justifications for her thoughts and actions (i.e. the American experiment versus finding Jane, for one). Ava’s development as a person and how (why) her pieces fit together are the reasons I raced through this so quickly. Despite how far from reality Ava’s mind could stray, it always felt a little (a lot) real.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Ava was taken and raped by a stranger the summer she was nine. Now in high school she's still dealing with the scars the trauma left on her inside and out. She stumbles upon a body of a girl her age frozen in the snow and now the ghost of the girl accompanies her everywhere she goes. The story follows Ava as she starts a new relationship and the strain it puts on her best friendship. Meanwhile she's telling no one about the body she found. This is a tough read. It's own voices for the sexual Ava was taken and raped by a stranger the summer she was nine. Now in high school she's still dealing with the scars the trauma left on her inside and out. She stumbles upon a body of a girl her age frozen in the snow and now the ghost of the girl accompanies her everywhere she goes. The story follows Ava as she starts a new relationship and the strain it puts on her best friendship. Meanwhile she's telling no one about the body she found. This is a tough read. It's own voices for the sexual trauma of a child so I can just imagine how hard it was to write this story. I just wanted to be there for Ava.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    “...people are more than the things they do in the dark. That they do in shame. That they hide from and hide inside.” This book. This. Book. Wow. It doesn’t deserve stars. It deserves the whole fucking universe because: This book is for those who have stories to tell. Stories that are tattooed on their skin, that live inside the marrow of their bones, that are forever tucked away inside their broken yet still beating hearts. This book is for the silent. The mute. Those who hide within themselves, “...people are more than the things they do in the dark. That they do in shame. That they hide from and hide inside.” This book. This. Book. Wow. It doesn’t deserve stars. It deserves the whole fucking universe because: This book is for those who have stories to tell. Stories that are tattooed on their skin, that live inside the marrow of their bones, that are forever tucked away inside their broken yet still beating hearts. This book is for the silent. The mute. Those who hide within themselves, thinking they need to disappear, become the dark. The ones who think they’re not enough, brave, strong. Victims who need to be heard, seen, believed. Hurt boys, shattered girls who need to be reminded they are more than their scars (visible and invisible), than their haunting pasts. This book is the LIGHT in dark— the silver moon shining in shadows. The STRENGTH in the weakness. The HOPE in the hopelessness. This book, right here, is EVERYTHING.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michayla (WaitingfortheSecondStar)

    So. So. So. So. So. So. Good! Basically read this entire thing in one sitting. The first paragraph had me sobbing. The remaining story had me turning pages, toppling into Ava’s life, her burdens and her growth. This is an incredibly important read that speaks truth to our culture in unapologetic ways. I will be rereading and recommending this one for years to come. A million thank you’s and blessings to Saundra for sharing her story, even in a fictional setting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dahlia

    This really does live up to its pitch, though I'd say it's more Sadie meets Cheryl Rainfield's Scars. Definitely an interesting writing style I did not expect, and where breaking the fourth wall isn't usually my favorite, I thought it worked really well here. I expect this book is going to help a lot of assault and especially CSA survivors <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    A thrilling and suspense filled novel that has an emotional atmosphere to it. I felt like for a young adult novel it has a lot of heavy themes running through it. A definite must read for mystery lovers. Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the E-arc copy of #AlltheThingsWeDointheDark. #YAMustRead2019

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This wasn't quite what I expected it to be. All the Things We Do in the Dark is a genuine, touching portrayal of survival and the struggle of coping with traumas and PTSD. Ava is a character you might not be able to relate to, but she's someone you'll immediately fall in love with. Saundra Mitchell crafted an important and poignant story that'll stay with you long after you've finished reading it. *Thank you to HarperTeen and HarperCollins for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an This wasn't quite what I expected it to be. All the Things We Do in the Dark is a genuine, touching portrayal of survival and the struggle of coping with traumas and PTSD. Ava is a character you might not be able to relate to, but she's someone you'll immediately fall in love with. Saundra Mitchell crafted an important and poignant story that'll stay with you long after you've finished reading it. *Thank you to HarperTeen and HarperCollins for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren ✨ (YABookers)

    I recieved an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy. Trigger warnings: sexual assault, violence, and PTSD. Wow. This one cut deep. A moving, challenging book to read. Full review to come.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Queer content: queer MC

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Moser

    Well written, realistic, fast paced, and satisfying.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    This book was dark and fantastic! It does come with some trigger warnings, it's a really amazing read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

    Strong 3 1/2.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise Esson

    DNF @ pg149 Might come back to this on audio once the book is out, it’s just not keeping my attention just now

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nici Simmons

    Review to come

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Pretty decent - very raw and psychological.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan (Book Birds)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

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